Finest Smile Dental Studio

114 Broadway, Bournemouth BH6 4EH


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Your Bournemouth Dentist for Black Triangles Treatment



Many of our patients come to us with the dreaded black triangle!


Our experience at Finest Smile Dental Studio, Bournemouth is consistent with the published research: approximately one third of all adults have anaesthetic black triangles. Besides being unsightly and prematurely aging the smile, black triangles are prone to accumulate food debris and excessive plaque.


Before we discuss the details of this, let's look at before and after photos of a case I have completed recently.


Before and After Photos of Black Triangle Correction:



The patient above is a middle aged female in our practice. She was very self-conscious about her smile especially about the black triangles which appeared after undergoing specialist periodontal therapy for periodontitis.


We discussed her options at length. While porcelain veneers could have achieved an even better result, we collectively felt that option was too invasive and too costly. So we decided on bonding. We were able to achieve the above result inone hour and she left a changed woman!


Here is a photo of a different case:



About Black Triangles


The dreaded "black triangle" has long been considered unsightly and a sign of the aging dentition. In the words of many of my patients, "It makes me look like I have old-lady teeth." Periodontal therapy, especially where pocket reduction surgery was performed routinely creates black triangles.


The term black triangle is more slang than anything else. The technical term is an open gingival embrasure. An open gingival embrasure can lead to multiple issues, including:


  • Aesthetic concerns, prematurely aged smile
  • Greater likelihood of decay because food is more likely to be chronically trapped there.
  • Speech issues air can escape through the gap(s) while speaking which can affect the pronunciation of certain sounds.
  • Ejection of saliva while speaking And others.


Remember that not all open embrasures need treatment. And if you don't want to treat them, that's fine too!


However, we have helped many patients address these with bonding, porcelain veneers, or all ceramic crowns with great results. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a consultation.